The Age Old Debate: Apple or Android?

Katie Dodshon

Katie Dodshon

May 24 • 4 minute read

A difficult decision for many in the digital age… iOS or Android? Users of both can’t deny the fact they wonder whether to stick to what they know or go for something a bit different when it comes to new phone day. But would the grass be greener on the other side?

Starting with the design… Apple are very consistent with the design of their smartphones. With each upgrade, the appearance of the phone improves yet stays within the classic Apple guideline. Some could argue however, that soon there won’t be much more they can do in this area. Of course, not only the appearance changes, as does the performance. Whether this be an improved camera megapixel, in house apps and features – Apple are always on the ball with new and improved technology. Android phones can be provided by Samsung, HTC and many more brands, meaning the outside appearance is more diverse, thus providing more choice. We must throw it out there though, Samsung have really upped their game with their new Galaxy Fold and don’t they KNOW it.. They’ve gone as far to say their new invention is the biggest breakthrough since the mobile phone…

Of course, the hardware and software of iOS devices is solely owned by Apple, therefore they have complete control over the way their devices work. Android on the other hand are powered by Google, along with other brands such as Samsung, HTC and Motorola. This does not necessarily mean Apple have a better operating system, some would in fact argue the performance is quite bad in comparison to Android phones. This could be due to the fact Apple’s black chip having 4GB of RAM, whereas some Android devices go up to 8GB, double Apple’s capacity.

Deciding whether to go for iOS or Android phone depends on what you want to get out of the device. Of course it goes without saying the use of smartphones goes far beyond calling and texting. Some may favour the camera, speed, app variety, size or appearance.

As far as features on smartphones go, both iOS and Android devices are able to do the same thing, it’s simply a case of one being better than the other. The camera quality on Apple phones tends to be pretty good, especially in the newer, more developed devices. Android phones are dependant on their specification. If you buy a cheaper device, the camera quality would reflect that, however on the contrary, the more expensive Android smartphones have a camera that performs significantly better than Apple.

Another thing to compare between iOS and Android technology is the security. Apple are known to be very tight on their software security. Apps in their app store are carefully selected to ensure there are no apps that could pose a virus risk. Android however are more laid back on this approach. Now that we’ve covered internal security, it’s time to look at how secure each device as a whole is. This of course brings us to the fingerprint and facial recognition technology in Apple’s more recent smartphone devices. It may feel like the norm now but this was a breakthrough in technology when first introduced. Again, as Android devices are varied by brand, security features can vary.

Another swaying feature between Apple and Android could be the range of apps. Apps tend to be released to Apple first and are nearly always compatible with iOS technology. Arguably, with advances in the Google Play store, Android users are now able to obtain all the apps iPhone users can, plus more.

When looking at all the points covered in this post, it simply boils down to personal preference. If you’re an iPhone user, you’ll most likely stick with it, and vice versa. If you’re new to the smartphone scene – do your research and choose wisely, you might never change from that point forward…

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